GMB protest over Bakkavör working conditions

Trade union GMB has protested outside Sainsbury’s headquarters over its frustrations about the working conditions at Bakkavör.

The international food manufacturer has cut workers' hours, which will result in employees losing £14.40 a week, who only earn the national living wages of £7.20 per hour, said the union.

It also claimed that workers at the company were not finishing till 3am and were left "stranded" without any transport to get home.

Commenting on employees' working conditions, Bakkavör said: “We have experienced an increased demand for houmous, which required a need for investment and shift patterns to change.

“The proposed shift pattern was already in place in another division of its business, and we vow to continue our ongoing, extensive dialogue with GMB.”

This is not the first time that GMB has protested about working conditions after protesting outside Tesco's headquarters last month, and it has also vowed to target Marks & Spencer if the disagreement is not resolved.

In August, Bakkavör saw revenues rise 3.2% to £438.7 million in its second-quarter (Q2) results for the 13 weeks ended 25 June 2016, compared with the same 2015 period.

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